Since the departure of the infamous Arts Fest, Birmingham’s cultural scene has lacked a big outdoor spectacle which has an element of legacy. Over the years there have been an array of fantastic performances including The Voyage, Six Summer Saturdays and Four Squared which have seen performers from all walks of life entertain hundreds of thousands of onlookers, but each year they are reincarnated with a new name and identity.
This year though sees the creation of a new type of weekend event which has organisations from across arts, retail, food and sport join forces to create something truly marvellous and which hopefully will return in some form year on year.
Birmingham Weekender ( 25-27 September) will be a weekend (if you couldn’t tell from the name) of free outdoor performances, art and entertainment organised by some of the city’s leading arts organisations, also known as the Birmingham Arts Partnership.
Produced by Birmingham Hippodrome, the weekend will feature new commissions, world premieres, roaming and pop-up street theatre, a musical picnic, participative events, workshops and much more.
The weekend will celebrate the city’s cultural offering but also marks the opening of the newly transformed New Street Station and Grand Central, coinciding with Style Birmingham Live and the Rugby World Cup which sees not one but two of its matches played in Birmingham. Cllr Ian Ward has pigeonholed the name ‘Super September’ as this autumn is going to be a busy one.
We popped along to the media launch to see what all the fuss was about and I have to say, the weekend of 25 – 27 September is going to be phenomenal. Check out the videos below for just a sample of what will be on offer.
More highlights for the festival include:
- A performance from Birmingham Royal Ballet in the Bullring, celebrating the company’s 25th year
- The Godiva Odyssey, a six-metre tall puppet will awaken and explore the city centre streets
- Surprise acrobatics, circus and street theatre in pop-up performances across the city centre
- New commissions from Birmingham Rep, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Birmingham Opera Company, Corey Baker Dance, Sampad Arts and more
- Maudits Sonnants by Compagnie Transe Express, a large-scale outdoor work featuring a mechanical crane suspending a musical chandelier full of awe-inspiring acrobatic musicians above Centenary Square
And that isn’t even half of it!
With more events, performances and showcases being added to the programme each week, Birmingham Weekender will be an international event on a scale which the city has never seen before.
In the run up to the festival we’ll be featuring behind the scenes footage, interviews and previews with some of the many acts. Make sure you check out the Features Page here.
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